View in File Explorer for Edge
The "View in File Explorer" library menu item found only in Internet Explorer was very useful. However, consistent with Microsoft guidance, I've lately been using Edge for most of my work. Is there any chance that the same item could be allowed in Edge? Thanks.
We need this option available on Edge Chromium.
Ben Christian commented
We have data in SharePoint Online that we will need to move back to file shares if we don't have the ability to map drives to SharePoint libraries. The sync client isn't a viable solution for applications that require a drive letter to access the files.
Deb Matthews commented
I know this was declned back in 2018; however, Open with Explorer seriously needs to be revisited and a suitable solution provided. IE 11 retirement/open with explorer option in IE 11 will cease to work effecive 8/17/2021 - less than a year from now. (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/microsoft-365-apps-say-farewell-to-internet-explorer-11-and/ba-p/1591666). MS's recommendation is ..."rather than use the Open with Explorer command, a better option is to sync your SharePoint files or move or copy files in SharePoint." There's a host of problems with problems with moving files inside of SharePoint and OneDrive, especially with heavily nested file folder structures that a lot of us routinely deal with Plus, let's also add users that are a part of a supported user-base as a result of acquisitions/mergers, however, they are outside of a tenant. Everyone does does not use OneDrive. Please don't follow the same route that you did when you killed SP2010 workflows without (a) providing ample notification and (b) providing a comparable, robust solution!
I agree, MS has wanted IE gone for years and even went full Chromium with Edge, yet IE is still the only opton for SharePoint integration, what gives?
Graeme Moore commented
Can we please get this option added to Edge please? If Folder access wasnt so clunky in Sharepoint it wouldnt be needed, but this feature - available in IE - would be a big help.
We do have some SharePoint sites where the users are not allowed to have a local (OneDrive) copy. So the "old"-Explorer-view would be a great alternative to (re)order or upload documents to the SharePoint site, or to Save directly on the SharePoint site from different applications.
James Garratt commented
I totally agree. With each Edge update, I assume that this gap will be filled but it never has been. I have found second-rate work-arounds, but it would be better if this feature just worked.
Michael Delpach commented
OneDrive does not support multi tenant syncing yet so this function is vital. Microsoft, please add this to Edge before killing IE.
Aargh! I cannot believe that the "Open in File Explorer" option is not available in Edge, Chrome, etc. This is one of our users' most beloved features when working with their SharePoint Online sites.
Currently, we advise our users to make IE11 their default when working with SharePoint, but as more and more non-SharePoint sites become incompatible with IE, our users will switch to other browsers and miss out on this useful feature. Microsoft: please add this option for Edge and other browsers.
I can't imagine why Microsoft broke this in Microsoft Edge! Do they not want us to use SharePoint? When using large SharePoint document sites, containing hundreds of document folders, the [Open with Explorer] feature is a must for my customers. When they're using Edge, I have to make them link to the internal url, to be able to mass move files between folders, and it's difficult to find the folder for many people. This feature is used by so many people for mass moving files.
If you prefer working with files via File Explorer then take a look at Zee Drive http://www.thinkscape.com/Map-Network-Drives-To-Office-365-OneDrive/ you can map network drives to your OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online team sites in File Explorer
a big productivity hit to not have the ability to mass-move files the manner it was achievable via I.E. using File Explorer. I very much agree this is needed in MS Edge. I saw MS comments on On Demand and One-Drive, but nobody I talk with can determine where is that productivity gain using those solutions to replace what could be achieved with File Explorer. Microsoft needs to be a very usable tool and removal of File Explorer like capability was one of those very helpful options with managing large projects and/or programs as a PM.
Craig Niermann, Corporate Program Manager, Eastman Chemical Co.
Paul de Jong | SLIM Applications commented
File explorer is not going to work in Edge or other modern browsers. Don't hold your breath.
There are browser-based solutions that offer almost the same functionality as File Explorer (browse folder structures, upload, download, zip items, search, properties, delete, rename, metadata, attach files to email, ...).
Microsoft have dropped the ball when it comes to Windows and SharePoint file storage integration. OneDrive is not a suitable solution for many libraries or libraries with many files.
Windows Explorer favorites from "view in file explorer" is undoubtedly the current best approach (yes you can re-enable favorites in WinX) as it allows you to quickly add many libraries or sub-folders of libraries and even rename them to something meaningful (because character limits and favorites are shortcuts not hard links) without impacting the folder name itself. This is critical for managing "files" outside of Microsoft Office and makes saving and opening files in Windows on SharePoint an streamlined quick process, not a laborious, buggy, slow experience...
But hey at least we can now move and copy files, it only took 15 years...
"Open with Explorer" is essential to SharePoint Server file management.
Several of my government customers, who use SharePoint Server on-prem, don't use OneDrive at all. The "Open with Explorer" feature is almost the only feasible way of restructuring many files simultaneously, like moving multiple files upwards or downwards in a folder hierarchy. And even if they did use OneDrive, it's a slow process and it feels very backwards to be forced to first download (!) a potentially huge list just to be able to restructure it.
The "loss" of "Open with Explorer" will be a big one, for us. Sure, IE will still be around for a long time, so it's (not yet) a feature loss, but a nuisance to be forced to maintain multiple browsers and a training issue to educate end users to use IE for some features. It will complicate matters.
All I can do is to support the need for "View in File Explorer" for Edge. Our company has switched to Edge following the guidance, and I urge you to find a way to make this feature available in Edge.
khalidinio k commented
Please make this great feature available in Edge. Microsoft is promoting all enterprice companies to stop with IE11 and use Edge. But please make this SharePoint feature working.
Apoyo esta propuesta. Soy usuario de Office 365 y de SharePoint OnLine y accedo a mi estructura de Sitios de SharePoint a través de Internet Explorer 11.
A diario, para la administración de archivos y carpetas trabajo desde fuera de SharePoint utilizo la función “Abrir o Vista en el Explorador de archivos” ya que me es muy útil para editar, copiar y mover los archivos y carpetas como lo hago en mi Escritorio.
No obstante, llevo bastante tiempo con la pretensión de tratar de utilizar como navegador Microsoft Edge en detrimento de Internet Explorer 11, debido a que Microsoft Edge permite sincronizar la configuración de explorador en todos los dispositivos e Internet Explorer 11 no permite tal sincronización.
Sin embargo, e incomprensiblemente, Microsoft Edge que se supone que viene a superar a Internet Explorer 11 en funcionalidades y prestaciones, NO PERMITE la función “Abrir o Vista en el Explorador de archivos” en los Sitios de SharePoint, ya que SharePointAbrir con el explorador usa la tecnología ActiveX que sólo es admitida por Internet Explorer 11 y no así por el más novedoso Microsoft Edge.
This is very important feature, ActiveX technology should support in Edge.
Scott Gerber commented
I am now testing Chromium Edge and still this option is missing, like so have mentioned this is a fundamental option we need. I appreciate the need to use OneDrive for Business and the tools on offer, for us that is a massive issue linked to skills and training. Please consider this as you move the Dev Version forward.